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Last update: May 2021

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PVY Organization

Zone de texte éditable et éditée


Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e e l'analisi dell'economia agraria - Centro di ricerca difesa e certificazione (CREA-DC)

CREA is the main Italian national organization for Research in Agriculture; it is organized in 12 Centres devoted to studies on cereals, horticulture, floriculture, fruit trees, urban and forest trees, medicinal plants, biomass, transformation and valorization of agro-industrial products.
  • Specifically, CREA-DC deals with the protection of agricultural and forestry plants against pests and pathogens.
  • It studies the plant-pathogen interaction, pathogen population epidemiology and characterization by both biological and molecular methods for diagnosis and control through the use of conventional, biotechnological methods and integrated and organic farming.
  • It is the national reference for certification of pre-multiplication materials and responsible for the control and certification of seed materials and requirements for the registration or release of plant varieties.


  • 2 Senior Researchers
  • 4 Researchers
  • 3 PhD researchers with fixed-term contracts
  • 1 Technician


Laura Tomassoli (Head of the team)

Laura Tomassoli


Tel.: +39 0682070292


  • Plant viruses, viroids and phytoplasmas
  • disease monitoring and virus epidemiology
  • virus characterization and phylogenetic studies
  • validation of diagnostic method (ACCREDIA – Italian Accreditation Body)
  • virus-plant interaction
  • main crops studied: cucurbits, tomato, pepper potato
  • main viruses studied: ZYMV, WMV, PepMV, ToLCNDV, PVY


  • National Project ASPROPI (2015-2016)
  • Project  EMERAMB (2016-2019) in ERA-NET Call ARIMNet2
  • National MIUR Project SI.ORTO (2016-2018)


  • Diagnostic
  • Qualitative and quantitative PCR
  • LAMP
  • Tissue culture and virus eradication
  • Virus characterization

Selected publications

  • A. Tiberini, A. Manglli, A. Ahmad, U. Cassia, L. Tomassoli, 2017. First report and molecular identification of Chilli veinal mottle virus in Italy. Journal of Plant Pathology 99 (2), DOI:
  • S. Davino, S. Panno, G. Iacono, L. Sabatino, F. D’Anna, G. Iapichino, A. Olmos, G. Scuderi, L. Rubio, L. Tomassoli, G. Capodici, F. Martinelli, M. Davino, 2016. Genetic variation and evolutionary analysis of Pepino mosaic virus in Sicily: insights into the dispersion and epidemiology. Plant Pathology, Doi: 10.1111/ppa.12582
  • M. Luigi, A. Manglli, M. Valdes, M. Sitzia, S. Davino, L. Tomassoli, 2016. Occurrence of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus infecting zucchini in Sardinia (Italy). Journal of Plant Pathology 98 (3), 677-697
  • Tomassoli L., Manglli A., Ahmad A., Tiberini A. and M. Barba. 2016. First report of Pepper vein yellows virus infecting chilli pepper (Capsicum spp.) in Italy. New Disease Reports 33, 22.
  •  Dag-Ragnar Blystad & René van der Vlugt & Ana Alfaro-Fernández & María del Carmen Córdoba & Gábor Bese & Dimitrinka Hristova & Henryk Pospieszny & Nataša Mehle & Maja Ravnikar & Laura Tomassoli & Christina Varveri & Steen Lykke Nielsen, 2015. Host range and symptomatology of Pepino mosaic virus strains occurring in Europe. Eur J Plant Pathol DOI 10.1007/s10658-015-0664-